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A new NIHR centre for patient and public involvement, engagement & participation and research dissemination: Arrangements from April 2020


After the completion of a recent commercial procurement process, LGC has been chosen by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to host, from April 2020, the NIHR centre to coordinate patient and public involvement, participation and engagement in research and NIHR research dissemination activity. The centre will be hosted by LGC for up to five years.

Over its 175 years of history, LGC has evolved from its roots as a UK government department to be a global life science company. As a trusted supplier to UK government, LGC has been responsible for delivering the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) and NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) since 2006 and 2009 respectively. Both CCF and NOCRI have extensive experience of collaborating with patients and the public.

Building on the expertise and achievements of INVOLVE and the NIHR Dissemination Centre, LGC will focus on furthering stakeholder engagement, broadening the diversity of voices heard by NIHR in all of its activities, the use of alternative formats for dissemination products and making it easier for different stakeholder groups to access NIHR funded research results. LGC has assembled a wide range of expert collaborators who will provide additional expertise in patient and public involvement, participation and engagement, knowledge mobilisation, science communication and medical writing.

Please contact if you would like to contact DHSC about the outcome of this procurement process. DHSC will keep stakeholders up-to-date with developments in transitioning to the new arrangements via periodic updates on the NIHR website.

This story was updated on 29/5/2019 to add further details about LGC.